Ellen O’Keeffe Hillwalk Tours

Ellen is from County Meath, which proudly boasts itself the heritage capital of Ireland. Growing up near the Boyne Valley (a place of history, mythology and legend) inspired a deep love of Irish landscape heritage and folklore which remains with her today.  From an early age Ellen played Gaelic football for her local club (go on Moynalvey Ladies!) but during college she fell in love with travel. She worked as an Au Pair in Germany, visited a handful of European countries, and eventually travelled to South East Asia where she spent 5 years teaching English, travelling and meeting new people. Being adventurous, she tried her hand at scuba diving, bungee jumping and fly- boarding, but her true passion is hiking, on and off the beaten track.

Ready to settle down in her homeland, Ellen wanted to help people explore the countryside and get back in touch with nature in a sustainable way. As Customer Experience Specialist at Hillwalk Tours she can do this and pursue her passion for helping people! Ellen is dedicated to giving our patrons the experience of a lifetime. She works together with the team to arrange B&B stays, luggage transfers and all that nitty- gritty stuff so walkers can relax and focus on immersing themselves in the breathtaking scenery. She’ll also happily offer travel advice and answers any other queries you may have, however big or small.

Outside of work, Ellen continues to seek adventure outdoors but when the weather doesn’t permit, you can find her practicing pyrography, drawing, reading or having the craic at a live music pub here in Galway.

The Hillwalk Tour she'd pick St Kevin’s Way & Glendalough
The tour grading she'd pick Moderate
The item she'd take on a hiking tour Homemade Trail Mix 🥜